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February 2012

#Philippines, #Travel, Awesome Festivals, Baguio


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PANAGBENGA is a local Kankana-ey term in Cordillera, which means “a season for blossoming; a time for blooming“, coined by Ike Picpican, curator of the Saint Louis University Museum in 1997.

It is a month-long celebration in February/March during the business-lean months to attract tourists to the City of Baguio after the holidays and before the peak Summer Season.

It culminates with a Grand Flower Float Parade, held usually on the last Sunday of February.

The Flower festival symbolizes the rise of Baguio from the city’s devastating earthquake disaster on July 16, 1990.

To kick off the BEST of Baguio series, here’s my first-timer’s take on the Panagbenga experience…

Awesome Baguio Experience Series:

BAGUIO: Your Awesome Journey to Baguio Food Trip (Infographic)

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Bonifacio Global City

GEISHA, an Indian-owned Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant You’ll Love :)


At first, we found the concept of Geisha a bit strange — an Indian-owned Japanese restaurant, patronized mostly by Filipinos and Indians, that is known for its vegetarian dishes.

It’s the higher-end version of Red Kimono, with an elegant ambiance but relatively affordable menu.

Bonifacio High Street Central Restaurants:

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Midnight Mercato Wednesdays, Chef Dino Ferrari & Doggie Love!

Wednesday Nights @ Midnight Mercato! 



Are you looking for a place to indulge your late night food cravings on a Wednesday night? Or you can’t wait until the weekend to visit your favorite late night food markets?
Then Midnight Mercato, Metro Manila’s premiere late night weekend food market, will be open on Wednesday nights starting February 29 to answer your foodie call!
Indulge in the Midnight Mercato experience and enjoy an extensive selection of foodie favorites – steamed cheeseburgers, crunchy pork belly, wagyu steak on a sticks, deep dish pizzas, authentic Vigan empanadas, ice-cream filled mochi balls, specialty milk teas, dark lager beer cheesecakes – straight from the kitchens of home-based and specialty chefs, while enjoying live acoustic performances and free wi-fi.
Wednesday Midnight Mercato is perfect way to celebrate the middle of the week!

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Charlie Brown Happiness :D

Director Michael Williams with the cast of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a stage musical adaptation of the popular comic strip Peanuts by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. It’s a live version of the comic strip acted and sometimes sung by Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and friends.

Honestly, we are not too familiar with the characters and we did not grow up reading this American comic strip. But we enjoyed the musical because it is colorful, feel-good, and happy. 🙂

The cast is solid, featuring theater veterans who obviously enjoy being in the show.

One thing though, it assumes that the audience knows the nuances and habits of the characters, so having some background info on each one would maximize your satisfaction in watching the musical.

Here’s a rundown of the different characters, the actors who portrayed them, and what you need to know about them…

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#Restaurants, Food, Iloilo

ILOILO FOOD TRIP: Netong’s Original Special Lapaz Batchoy

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Iloilo is the home of Batchoy, and there is a never-ending debate on who offers the best version – Ted’s or Deco’s. However, the best authentic Batchoy for me can be found in Netong’s Lapaz Batchoy.

Ultimate Visayan Food Trip Series:

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#Restaurants, Food, Iloilo

ILOILO FOOD TRIP: Breakthrough, Number 1 Tourist Destination in Iloilo!

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Breakthrough is the undisputed king of fresh seafood in Iloilo and the number one tourist spot in the city.

Ultimate Visayan Food Trip Series:

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FUERZA BRUTA Manila ♥alentine Premiere!

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I must admit I didn’t know what to expect from Fuerza Bruta, a Buenos Aires original show, which literally means “Brute Force”. All I know is that it is 360-degree-immersive experience and not-your-usual-cliche-Broadway-show. And if you like Cirque de Soleil, you’ll probably like this too.

To best experience the show, it is better that you do not have any idea of the show.
(This post contains visual spoilers, so better stop reading this and just wait and watch it now! 🙂

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Il Piccino Trattoria by Chef Natalia Moran, formerly known as La Casa Alfonso, is a romantic, by-reservation-only restaurant. She opens her ancestral home to family, friends, and foodies to share her love for Italian food. 🙂

She is known in Mercato Centrale as the Ravioli Queen, selling freshly made ravioli in the market.

We love quaint, home-based restaurants like this where the food is cooked with love, and people are welcomed as personal guests of the chef.

We celebrated the eve of Valentine’s in Il Piccino Trattoria with a special set menu prepared especially for this love month. Here’s our experience…

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Awesome Festivals

I ❤ Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta!

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The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is one of the passion festivals in the country that I absolutely enjoy. It celebrates the passion for flying and highlights the love for Hot Air Balloons.

It was started after the US Military left Clark Air Base to boost tourism and the morale of the community around Clarkfield, Pampanga.

Here are some tips to have an awesome experience in the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta:

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